Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Last of the Ephemerals

#344 - Pawpaw
Various wanderings around Raleigh County WV in late spring has reveled a new wildflower for this blog and some old friends.
Yellow Lady Slipper with two blooms
















Pink Lady Slipper
































Painted Trillium

Painted Trillium



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Albuquerque

Dimorphocarpa wislizeni  Spectacle pod

I was privileged to spend a few days in Albuquerque, NM during early April. It was amazing and I would love to go back some time. I also got to drive up to Santa Fe and Los Alamo's. Every spare moment I had was spent outdoors looking at Wildflowers, Petroglyphs, Mesa's and Mountains. I even spent a couple hours hiking through snow at an altitude of 10,000 plus feet on Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest.Below are many pictures, most unlabeled. I will label as I get the opportunity 
Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa)

tumbleweed

Stemless Townsend Daisy







Mallow

Mallow



Fringed Puccoon


Petroglyphs in Petroglyph National Monument
Petroglyphs in Petroglyph National Monument


Petroglyphs in Petroglyph National Monument

Thick-sepal Cat's Eye

Sandia Peak trail

Sandia Peak trail with knee deep soft snow


Sandia Peak 

Sandia Peak

Sandia Peak CCC Rock House

Mesa near Santa Fe

Mesa near Santa Fe


Miraculous Staircase in Santa Fe

Thursday, April 28, 2016

West Virginia Spring Woods Have Many Attractions

Fringed polygala (Gaywings)
 Turkey Season is just another excuse to get into the West Virginia Spring woods. This could be why I don't get many turkeys. (or trout, deer, fish and etc)
I'm just enjoying being out. This was the first time in these woods in the spring and they help many spring ephemerals. The first was Gaywings a plant with unique fringed parts which are the key to opening the flower for pollinators. 


Fringed polygala (Gaywings)



Hepatica


Purple Trillium

Purple Trillium

Phlox

Dogwood

Rue Anemone 



Showy Orchis. This is a new site for this Orchid








New Wildflower for this blog  Pennsylvania Sedge


A Moss in Flower (or whatever moss does)
#343- Pennsylvania Sedge

 Pennsylvania Sedge



Later in the week I stopped by Camp Creek State Park and saw Wild Columbine






Wild Columbine



Wild Columbine




























Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Loving Me Some Ephemerals

#342 - Yellow Fumewort (Corydalis flavula )
This flower is brand new for me.
It is in same family as Dutchman's Breeches
and Squirrel Corn. All three were in the same area.  
I had 2 1/2 hours to kill after work and before a Board of Ed meeting so  I contemplated several areas that I could hike and see ephemeral wildflowers. It had snowed last week and hit 15 degrees one night so I thought they might be damaged or non-existent. One area that I love in April was too far, one was closed due to wildfire so I settled on a new area with a dirt road and near the river, thus lower elevation. I made the perfect choice, everything that I usually see in several different places were all here. So. below and many pictures and one new wildflower for this blog as I attempt to photograph every wildflower that I can find in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.


Dwarf Ginseng

Dwarf Ginseng


Large Bellwort


Large Bellwort



























Red Bud

Large Flowering Trillium

Spring Beauty 

Jack  In The Pulpit


























































     
Mitre Wort

















Squirrel Corn

Phlox

Dwarf Larkspur

Purple Trillium









Sweet White Violet



Dwarf larkspur

Dutchmen's Breechs

Toadstool Trillium




Clevers




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Carolina Spring BEauty


Phlox and other wildflowers on rock overlooking New River